Amelia Willis

Amelia joined the Department in 2014 as a community ranger in the Taupō district; she works with iwi, business, community groups and schools to grow conservation in the area. Amelia is the DOC liason for this voyage. She is passionate about the outdoors – especially in New Zealand, and comes with a serious drive to share her knowledge and passion for conservation. This will be her first visit to the Auckland Islands, and Amelia is excited about the ocean journey, the new places and experiences she will have and the people she will share this adventure with.

As a community ranger, Amelia works across a variety of areas including tourism, environmental education, media and public consultation. Communication is a major aspect of her role, providing visitor information through the DOC website, and using social media to spread local conservation messages.

Working in the Central Plateau provides all sorts of interesting opportunities including working in the Taupō Fishery, and other projects on Lake Taupō, the Pureora and Kaimanawa Forest Parks, and nearby Tongariro National Park – so days in the field can include clearing a fish trap, spraying heather, kiwi work, community planting or taking members of the public out for the Summer Nature Programme – Amelia will lend her hand to almost anything.

Amelia comes from a tourism background, having grown up in Taupō working on charter boats and as a hiking guide. She has also spent time travelling and living overseas, having worked in both Turkey and Italy as a teacher of English as a second language.